How is COPD Treated Using Stem Cells?
Have you considered stem cell therapy for COPD but would like to learn more about how it works?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease that currently affects more than 200 million people across the world. It causes irreversible damage to the lungs, leading to shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory illnesses, and even death.
While there is currently no cure for COPD and the best forms of treatment can only hope to control the symptoms and prevent further damage to the lungs, doctors and patients alike are turning to stem cell therapy as a new and effective form of treatment that offers distinct advantages. Here is a brief introduction to stem cells and stem cell therapy for COPD:
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in the body that continue to divide and multiply infinitely and can transform into any kind of tissue cells needed. They offer amazing potential for tissue regeneration, due to their rapid growth and transformation capabilities.
To treat COPD with stem cell therapy, doctors first extract a number of stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow or fat stores. As often as possible, stem cells are taken from the patient’s own body to reduce the risk of rejection. The removed stem cells are encouraged to grow into the desired tissue cells (either alveoli or blood vessel cells) and then injected back into the lungs. In most cases, the cells can be injected through a simple catheterization process and anesthesia is not needed. Once inside the lungs, the newly transformed stem cells can begin to form healthy lung tissue, effectively regenerating the lungs and actually reducing existing damage.
If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy for COPD or have questions about its relevance to your case, we encourage you to contact Royal Medical Group today. Our experienced professionals have the knowledge and expertise you need to help you take advantage of this promising new treatment method.